November 03, 2015
One, two, cha-cha-cha.
Whether you have two left feet or fancy feet, dancing can be a great way to exercise, socialize or just have fun.
ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" has brought more attention to the art of ballroom dancing. The show, currently in its 21st season, features dances like the tango, salsa, foxtrot, waltz and more.
Take the lead and sign up for ballroom dance lessons at one of these six Philly-area studios.
Ballroom Philadelphia, located on South Ninth Street, offers lessons in ballroom and Latin dance in "a very fun, low-pressure, non-intimidating environment." Students are welcome to bring friends, but partners are not required. Learn up to 10 different dances: foxtrot, waltz, tango, cha-cha, rumba, swing, mambo, hustle, samba, and Viennese waltz. Ballroom Philadelphia's $49 "New Student Special" includes a 40-minute private lesson and a group class.
La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol, Bucks County, specializes in salsa classes, ballroom dance lessons, Argentine tango and swing. Lessons are $20 per class, or students can sign up for a monthly membership. Private lessons are also available for those who desire more individual attention.
Take the Lead Dance Studio on Pine Street in Philadelphia offers an array of classes for children, teens and adults. Students can choose from ballroom and Latin dance classes, as well as belly dance, salsa, Bollywood and more. Take the Lead on Pine says, "with the proper tools, even those who have two left feet or are rhythmically challenged can learn to do it, and to do it well."
Society Hill Dance Academy on South Second Street in Philly offers private or group lessons, practice sessions and dance parties. The most common dances taught at Society Hill are foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, cha-cha, swing, salsa, merengue, samba and hustle. Prices vary by class and dance type.
Main Line Ballroom in Ardmore, Pa., offers multiple group classes, master workshops in a range of dance styles, social dances and private lessons. Some of the group classes include the rumba, tango and international waltz. Group classes cost $15 (with a 10-classes card) or $20 walk-in per class. Student discounts are also available.
Dance Haddonfield hosts ballroom dance lessons on Sundays at Grace Church in Haddonfield, N.J. Dance types include swing, quickstep, tango, waltz, rumba and more. Lessons, food, refreshments and music cost $15, or $20 if combined with intermediate lessons.
Have a favorite dance studio in the Philly area? Tell us in the comments.